ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND LIGHT FILTERS
There’s no need to take a one-size fits-all approach with window coverings. In fact, the old rules should go out the window.
Luxaflex Window Fashions national marketing manager Jenny Brown says it’s best to tailor window coverings to specific areas.
“There is a longstanding idea that every room should have the exact same type of window covering to create a consistent look, which is not necessarily the case,” she says.
“Consistency can be achieved by using different products in the same fabric and colour.
“Often, the windows on south- facing facades will need something very different to those on west-facing facades.”
Sunway Hunter Douglas Limited marketing manager Vera Meharg says it’s important to remember window coverings are not just decorative.
“Although window coverings contribute greatly to the interior aesthetic of the home, their primary function is to control light and privacy,” she says.
“Bedrooms generally require light blockout and total privacy solutions whereas living areas are best served with flexible options for filtering through natural light.” While watching the sunrise can be a magical experience, having the sun creeping into your bedroom before you’re ready to wake is not so much fun.
Vera Meharg from Sunway Hunter Douglas says cellular shades are a great addition to any room in the house.
They are suitable for larger windows and can help regulate heat penetration and loss.
“Cellular shades are great for handling widths of just over four metres wide with one single blind and they are designed with a unique honeycomb shape that creates pockets of energy-saving insulation,” Vera says.
“This helps to prevent energy from entering or leaving your home through your windows, improving energy efficiency and reducing your heating and cooling costs in both winter and summer.
“Just be wary of low-cost imports as the cells will drop out over time significantly reducing the energy efficiency capabilities.’’
Vera says they can work well for anyone wanting to block sunlight from entering the room.
“Cellular shades reduce light gaps so when partnered with a blockout fabric, they can offer a great solution,” she says.
These Sunway cellular shades in aged brass colouring offer blockout protection and improve energy efficiency. Styling: Bree Leech Picture: Mike Baker